NICE SURPRISE: Moonford farmer said he had a barn full of hay thanks to healthy rain.
NICE SURPRISE: Moonford farmer said he had a barn full of hay thanks to healthy rain. Barclay White

Gumboots are back and the farmers are thankful

LAST week's wild weather might have inconvenienced many but for one Moonford farmer it was a God-send.

Ian Sanderson fell asleep to the sound of rain on Wednesday last week but was not expecting the downpour that then soaked his property over the next several days.

"There's nothing better than the sound of rain on a tin roof," Mr Sanderson said.

He expected last week's downpour to be the last for the season as he prepares to go in to winter.

But unlike last year, healthy rain since the start of the year has put him in a better position.

When he went in to winter last year, his paddocks were dry, his dams were running low and he had very little winter feed for the months ahead.

Now he has a shed full of hay and is filled with a confidence that had been lacking during the dry period.

"There will be plenty of feed around. The whole district is getting this rain," he said.

In 2015, he estimated he has had about 500 mls of rain already, compared to about 600 mls for all of 2014.

He has roughly 200 head of cattle that are healthier than 12 months ago and he has predicted decent prices when he finally takes them to market.

"Last year the cattle were light and the prices were light," he said.


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